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a bowl of penne pomodoro with burrata and basil on top
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5 from 2 votes

Pomodoro Sauce with Penne, Burrata and Basil

Pomodoro Sauce is a quick and easy Italian tomato sauce that's super fresh and flavorful -- it's best served with penne pasta, fresh basil and burrata!
Cook Time30 mins
Course: pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basil, burrata, easy, pasta, penne, pomodoro, sauce, technique, tomato sauce
Servings: 6


For the Pomodoro Sauce

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion finely diced
  • tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 10 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large can (28 oz) DOP San Marzano Plum Tomatoes
  • 1 pinch of sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 basil sprigs
  • kosher salt

For the Penne Pomodoro


For the Pomodoro Sauce.

  • Add olive oil to a sauce pot and turn the heat to medium. Add onions, red pepper flakes, and two pinches of salt and stir - cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Meanwhile, use an immersion blender or food processor to puree the can of tomatoes until smooth. Add tomatoes to the pot with a pinch of sugar and two more pinches of salt. Stir and cook for about 20 minutes or until the sauce reduces. Before adding pasta, add in butter and basil and stir - cook for another two minutes. Season with more salt if needed.

For the Penne Pomodoro

  • Add al dente pasta to the pomodoro sauce and cook over medium heat until the sauce coats each noodle - about 2 minutes. Remove the wilted basil before plating pasta.
  • To plate, add a few spoonfuls of the penne pomodoro to each bowl. Top each bowl with a chunk of burrata, a pinch of salt, fresh basil and a drizzle of olive oil.